The Lewis and Clark Conservation District, alongside Lewis and Clark County, are currently working to put together a work group that will begin flood mitigation efforts in and around Augusta.
Chris Evans, district administrator, is currently the initial point of contact in these efforts. Evans said she is working on contacting area landowners, stakeholders and agency officials to inform them of the work group. Her list includes between 20 and 30 area landowners and between 15 and 20 agency officials.
Evans hopes the final work group will be an even mix of the two.
The conservation district is making efforts to reach out to the Montana state departments of Natural Resources and Conservation, Transportation, Environmental Quality, and Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Alongside landowners and stakeholders, the work group's goal is to address current and future flood damages to Augusta and the town's nearby public and agricultural lands.
The conservation district is considering pursuing grant funding, including a DNRC grant, to help cover costs of a technical hydrologic assessment of the area.
Evans said the district is hoping to put together the work group as soon as possible. She is anticipating a working group list and an additional list of individuals who would like to stay informed.
However, she said becoming involved isn't limited to her list. Anyone who is interested in being a part of the work group or wants more information on the project can contact Chis Evans at 449-5000 ext. 5 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.